by Bolney Wine Estate Limited March 08, 2021
International Women's Day is all about championing women, and here at Bolney, we're surrounded by an amazing team of dedicated women who inspire us daily. Female led by Sam Linter, we have women working in our office, café, vineyard and winery, and are proud of all their achievements, today and everyday.
Sam Linter took the reins as Managing Director and Head Winemaker at Bolney in the 1990's, having inherited her parents' love and passion for making luxury English wine. Under her leadership, our Sussex estate creates award-winning still and sparkling wines; winning UK Wine Producer of the Year in 2012, Winery of the Year in 2017 and the Spirit of Family Business Award in 2020 and for herself, Sam is a Director of WineGB.
We spoke to just a few of the brilliant women who work at Bolney Wine Estate, about what it's like working here.
Sam Linter | Head Winemaker & Managing Director
“ I love working in the English wine industry, I think the process from grape to glass will always fascinate me. We grow grapes that we can then turn into a product which people enjoy drinking. How cool is that!”
Mili André | Tours & Customer Service Executive
"I started at Bolney in the midst of the pandemic, having spent most of my career in hospitality I’ve always enjoyed customer facing roles and I love the diversity of my job role here at Bolney. One day I might be organising corporate virtual wine tastings and just today I was helping the winery team with bottling. Working at Bolney not only means I get to work on a beautiful vineyard, but it means I get to learn about the wonderful world of wine."
Emma Fogerty | Head of Marketing
"I started at Bolney in 2019 and have loved every minute. Every day is different (especially in a Covid world). My role as Head of Marketing is challenging, always busy and a lot of fun. There’s always exciting things happening. I feel very lucky to be able to work somewhere where I can see and be part of the product we’re selling and growing - on the vines right in front of our office!"
To celebrate this International Women's Day, we are proud to launch a new and innovative wine book. Discover the pleasures of English wine, still and sparkling with ‘Sussex by the glass’, a book that takes the story of Sussex wine to an intimate level, focusing on one county and two trailblazing winemaking families.
Sussex produces more wine than any other English county, and the Bolney and Ridgeview estates are pioneers in bringing fine examples to many, many consumers. Both are rare in the modern history of English wine, being multi-generation businesses – and they are both now headed by the daughters of their founders, making the book launch on International Women's Day 2021 particularly appropriate.
Author Liz Sagues has had privileged access to both estates, interviewing many of the people involved in creating what today are two major brands in English wine. She tells a fascinating story of how and why they were founded, the triumphs and tribulations on the way to present success and the prospects for years to come.
The book is published at a celebratory moment: Bolney Wine Estate will reach its 50th birthday in 2022; Ridgeview Wine Estate toasted 25 years in 2020. Importantly, it stretches beyond those individual stories to explain the significance of Sussex in England's fastest-growing agriculture sector. The county is the first UK wine region in line for protected designation of origin status, affirming the quality of its products, and it is the home of Plumpton College, whose Wine Division is a world-respected teaching and research resource.
Written, designed and printed in Sussex, the book has more than 100 colour photographs, and to add to readers' understanding of how wine happens includes a month-by-month account of activity in vineyard and winery.
Author Liz Sagues is an award-winning wine journalist, whose previous book A Celebration of English Wine (Robert Hale, 2018) brought to wine consumers a story neglected for a decade.